• 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Meeting the Audience

    By Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Now that our opening weekend for The Servant of Two Masters is over, the fun really begins. Not only do the cast and crew really get to settle into their roles, we also get to start hearing feedback from our audience members. Some will be formal in the terms of reviews, while others will be informal discussions with friends, family, and strangers who attended the show. The ability to talk to our audience really is one of the most fulfilling parts of doing theatre. Not only do we love to hear your thoughts on the show, we love to discover what questions you have about the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Serving Up a Trailer

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg If you are an avid BYU theatre fan, you probably have noticed that the department releases trailers for all the shows.  Just like a movie trailer, these trailers are a great way to get an instantaneous understanding of the overall feel of the show you are about to see. The trailer for The Servant of Two Masters is no exception. As tomorrow (Friday) is opening night, it seemed like the right moment to share. Hopefully it brings a little joy to your day.

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Who is Madeleine L’Engle?

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg To start our journey with A Wrinkle in Time, I wanted to take a look at the author of the original novel.  Just who is Madeleine L’Engle? About the Author The Early Years: Madeleine L’Engle was born in New York City on November 29, 1918, and named after her great-grandmother, Madeleine L’Engle. Her mother, a classically trained pianist, was also named Madeleine. Her father, Charles Wadsworth Camp, was a writer, a critic, and a foreign correspondent during World War I. With the influence of her loving parents, L’Engle wrote her first story at age four and began keeping a journal at age eight. Her early literary attempts did…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    A Designer’s Mind

    by Lyndi Sue Mecham, Costume Designer and Janine Sobeck, dramaturg As so many of the design elements for a show need to work together in harmony, designers often collaborate with one another, sharing ideas, thoughts, and inspirations.  In the case of The Servant of Two Masters, one collaboration was between Costume Designer Lyndi Sue Mecham and BYU’s Hair and Make-up Supervisor Janell Turley.  Turley was creating the wigs for a few characters and came to Mecham to discuss how the wig could enhance the design of the costumes.  Here is a look at what inspirations and ideas Mecham shared in order to help Turley create the perfect wig for the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Reflections

    by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg Theater is a live art. You share an experience physically together in a space with actors, crew, and fellow audience members. Things happen differently as actors attempt to repeat actions and new audiences with diverse experiences come in and receive new things, laugh in different places, and clap (or don’t) where no one has before. That’s what is exciting about theater. You can see the same play performed by the same company over and over, but still you can experience something new. However, the problem with live art is there always comes a time when it has to die. The curtain falls on the performance and…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    In the Midst of Tech

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Friday night, The Servant of Two Masters entered the newest phase of rehearsal: tech.  Technical Rehearsals (most commonly known as “tech”) is when we leave the classroom we’ve been rehearsing in and move on stage.  One by one, the technical elements of costume, make-up, lights, sound, and props are added, and every night we get a little closer to having the full show on stage. For this show, the first order of business was spacing.  With the nature of the set, the cast needed time to see how blocking they’ve been practicing worked with the backdrop (with its door and shutters), the fountain, the ropes, and…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Post Show Discussion

    by Ariel Mitchell, Dramaturg After an amazing performance Thursday night, two of our actors gladly welcomed the audience down to ask members of the cast and crew questions about the production and participate in what we call a post show discussion. As the dramaturg, I helped to mediate as many actors jumped in eagerly to answer questions about making real people into characters that they could perform every night and the process of writing and devising a piece of theater. I think the audience members who stayed appreciated the insight and context that was given by the actors who finally were able to fill in the story behind the stories…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Everyone has a story

    by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg When we first discussed what we wanted for a lobby display, we decided we wanted something interactive that would help the audience feel connected to the stories and the process of our production right from the start. We ended up creating our own lost and found board where actors would come out to great patrons, explain a little bit about our project, and ask them to tell a story about something they’ve lost or found.   So far it’s seems to be pretty successful. We’ve even had to find more space! Here are some of our favorite posters so far (that we were able to get…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Tips for a Great Night at the Theater

    by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg For a couple weeks now there has been a flurry of excitement as projections were added and aligned, music was perfected, and actors prepared to perform in front of an audience for the first time on Wednesday (2/27). We hope you are as excited as we are and we want to give you a few tips to have the greatest night possible at Gone Missing and The Cleverest Thief. Things you can do to get the most out of the play: 1. Make a poster As a part of our lobby display, you can make a lost or found poster for something you’ve lost or found! 2. Post to…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    2 plays, 1 night

    By Ariel Mitchell, Dramaturg There has been a lot of confusion about what The Cleverest Thief and Selections from Gone Missing is. Throughout this blog, we’ve shared our process and tried to give background about our project. But, I am remiss to say, that maybe after 10+ blog posts, readers are still unsure what this performance is. I’d like to rectify this. The Cleverest Thief and Selections from Gone Missing is a BYU main stage production of two plays in one night: Gone Missing and The Cleverest Thief. Gone Missing is a devised play (see other blog post) created by the Civilians in 2003. The members of the company went…